|Confucius (Tang artist Wu Daozi)|
It literally doesn’t pay to be frail and lonely in South Korea these days.
Whereas the “Confucian social contract” of families caring for their own used to rule, that “long-cherished traditional” structure is rapidly changing.
It’s gotten to the point that dying paupers can’t even count on a “proper funeral,” a traditional rite believed to be essential for transitioning from this world to the next.
Many “spend their last days in rooms so small they can only fit a narrow bed,” all the while fearing that “their remains will be treated like trash.”
An organization called Nanum & Nanum has stepped in to help alleviate this crisis. It is dedicated to providing “simple funerals for those who die alone.” Its leader, Mr. Park, emphasized: A society that lets its poor and abandoned die alone and leave without a funeral is itself dying at heart.
Copyright November 8, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved